Pecha Kucha Night at Intermedia Arts

(photo taken at a Pecha Kucha event in Cologne, Germany by pecha kucha cologne)Pecha Kucha was created in 2003 by a Japanese design firm. Originally intended as a networking event, participants were asked to give a presentation of 20 slides where ideas and information allotted for each slide was a mere 20 seconds. The result was a rapid-fire, exclamation of concepts well-suited for our generation's short attention spans.

Pecha Kuche, pronounced "peh-chak-cha," is named after a Japanese term for the sound of conversation, similar to "chit chat." The format has grown in popularity over the years, with over 180 countries worldwide participating in their own Pecha Kucha nights (check out the official website

This Friday, Intermedia Arts (2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis) will play host a Minneapolis Pecha Kucha Night. Photographers, architects, cartographers, philosophers, and other great minds are slated to present their ideas, inform, and perhaps prompt dialogue after presentations. The event starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.